New Electric Model from Mercedes-Benz: the Concept B-Class Electric Drive
At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz’s will be presenting a battery-powered electric variant of the B-Class. This concept vehicle is one of the first models to incorporate the term “Electric Drive” into its model designation. In future, “Electric Drive” lettering will adorn the boot lids of all battery-powered electric passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and smart.
Similarly to the B-Class models with combustion engines, the battery-powered Concept B-Class Electric Drive aims to offer a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience with full suitability for everyday and family use. The so-called Energy Space in the floor of the vehicle in front of the rear axle offers the same space inside as the current series production models. The Energy Space provides a means of accommodating the lithium-ion battery which also claims to have a positive effect on the vehicle’s centre of gravity.
The Concept B-Class Electric Drive is equipped with a 100 kW electric motor whose 310 Newton meters of torque gives a driving range of 200 kilometres. The battery can be charged at any standard domestic 230 V power outlet or alternatively – with rapid charging function – at a 400 V high-voltage terminal.
The car is almost ready for series production, with the market launch already planned for 2014.
The Paris Motor Show will also feature the world premieres of the production versions of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive and the smart BRABUS electric drive.